Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Divine Ornate Mirror

I am so excited. I have been on the lookout for an ornate mirror that was either white or paintable for about 2 years.  You can easily buy ornate silver and gold mirrors for around $500-700 but I didn't want to spend that sort of money and then have to paint the mirror white. 

Last week I found this beauty at an auction.  I stood next to it and pointed out the damaged edge to everyone who showed the slightest interest in it and so in the end, I was the only one bidding and snagged it for $60.  It is made from timber and plaster and is in wonderful condition. The damage is minimal, there is a little bit on plaster missing from one of the scrolls. I bought some plaster of paris to fix it but ended up not worrying about it.  Once it was painted white you couldn't notice it at all.
Below is the before photo. 

I quite liked the cream and brown on the mouldings but would never have been able to live with the rest of the brown. So I whipped out the undercoat and white paint and here it is now.

Notice the bevelled edge on the mirror. I think this is lovely especially with all the curvy shape.

I am undecided of where the mirror will hang. Most probably over the French sideboard in the dining room (photo below). Or if it's too much "scroll" there and competing with the sideboard then it will hang in the hallway where the ornate blackboard is currently (see photo above).

Actually before I had a chance to hit "Publish Post", Phil has come home and hung the mirror for me above the sideboard. It's sitting a little high (using old screws in the wall) but I think it looks good.

What do you think? 

Will this room ever be finished?? You can see I still haven't painted my table and chairs. I am still undecided about what to do with the dining setting but that can wait for another post....(and those 2 french chairs still aren't uphostered...).

Have a good night!


  1. that is so beautiful fiona, and it looks PERFECT above your sideboard!

  2. Gorgeous! I don;t think it is too small for the wall, but it may be a little small compared to the picture adjacent to it.

  3. Fiona it looks divine all painted white. I don't think its too small for the wall at all but I could imagine some gorgeous crystal wall scones either side just to tie it all in. You need to paint that dining suite girl and then it will all look amazing. Sandy

  4. Think I wrote scones instead of wall sconces.

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  6. I love the mirror--it looks lovely in white!

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  8. This is lovely. I love the fact that you painted it all white to fit to your room's style.

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